Chicago, IL – August 5, 2011 – Atty. Jeffery Leving, Chair of The Illinois Council on Responsible Fatherhood, and DCFS Director Erwin McEwen will deliver the keynote speech at the critical Strengthening Fathers to Strengthen Families Forum. The event is presented by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services Permanency Action Team in collaboration with Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. It is to take place on September 24th between 8:00 am and 12:30 pm at E. St. Louis Higher Education Center, E. St. Louis, IL.

Atty-Chair Leving recently gave the keynote speech at the Fathers’ Factor Forum at the Haymarket Center in Chicago, which works on White House Faith Based and Community Initiatives. Director McEwen moderated a panel discussion following Leving’s speech.

The Illinois Council on Responsible Fatherhood ( is a state commission established by the Illinois State Legislature to promote the positive involvement of both parents in the lives of their children. The mission of the Council is to significantly increase the number of children in Illinois that grow up with a responsible father in their lives.

“The relationship between a father and a child is of a vital importance. Teen and disadvantaged fathers need to be educated concerning the responsibility of fatherhood and advised on how to proceed with child custody, visitation and support issues,” commented Atty-Chair Leving.

About Jeffery Leving

Named one of “America’s Best Lawyers” by Forbes Radio, Jeffery Leving also co-authored legislation for Illinois, such as the Right to DNA Testing Notice and Unlawful Visitation and Parenting Time Interference Laws, as well as the Joint Custody Law.

For more information about this event contact The Illinois Council on Responsible Fatherhood at (312) 296-8656 or at